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The Persona games are the offshoot series of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. Both developed by Atlus, the Persona games have surpassed their predecessor. That said, there are still so many similarities between the two. One such commonality is the demons/Personas, as you will see in this guide.
In this Persona demons guide, I will let you know about all of the demons in the series. Though they may not always go by the demon name, they are an essential part of the series. As such, I will break down every significant aspect of the demons. In addition, you can find a complete list of the Persona demons from across the series here.
Bottom Line Up Front
The Persona series would not be what it is without the titular demons/Personas. A demon is a creature, spirit, or other supernatural entity that a player can summon and collect in this series. Known as demons in the Shin Megami Tensei series, they are better known as Personas in the Persona series. By and large, though, they are the same.
They even share some of the same demons. Demons can be from across the world, usually inspired by natural religion, folklore, myths, and legends. Players can collect them by fusing and gathering them in battle. The purpose of the demon is to use its skills in combat. There are hundreds of these demons in existence at this point.
What Is a Persona?
A Persona or demon is a supernatural entity in the Persona series that the player uses. There are hundreds of these creatures that are inspired by various sources. Some are based on real people, while others are inspired by more supernatural elements. They come from the real world’s religions, myths, folklore, legends, etc.
The most important part about a demon is that they are used in the turn-based battle system in the Persona series. Without them, we would not have the games we have today. They provide the skills and other combat capabilities that make the combat system work.
While this comparison is thrown around a lot, it is an apt one as the Persona series would not exist without its demons, much like Pokemon would not without its Pocket Monsters. Without a doubt, the demons in the series are the single most foundational and crucial feature.
Above all else, the demons are companions that players can have, and they are not limited to just one. While the other party members in most games are limited, the player character is the wildcard. This allows them to have many different demons in their possession that they can level up, switch out, and even tailor to their liking.
Personas vs Shadows vs Demons
One of the most confusing parts about the demons in the Persona series is that they go by the Persona name. However, Shin Megami Tensei calls them demons. And then, there are shadows, which also play a significant role in the Persona titles. So, what is the difference between these three components?
Well, there are not too many differences in the end. By and large, the Personas and demons from both series are the same. While you could call them demons, it would be more apt to call them Personas if you play this series. SMT, on the other hand, will call them demons.
While those titles are interchangeable, shadows are slightly different. In this particular case, shadows mean a specific type of Persona. I like to consider the shadows the untamed Personas that are out there in the game.
When you are roaming around a dungeon in the game, you will encounter enemies. These Pesrona enemies are considered shadows. They are the same names and types as Personas, but they are not owned by anyone yet. As such, they are shadows lying in wait for someone to claim them.
For instance, when you fight a Pixie in battle, that Pixie is untamed and a shadow. Once you defeat it, though, depending on the game, you could collect its card or negotiate with it. If it joins your team, it suddenly makes a pact with you. At this point, it has willingly decided to switch from a shadow to a Persona that is a representation of your other-self.
Special Demons Detailed
Within the Persona games, there are some unique demons, too, that you can encounter. These are different from the standard shadows that you fight in these titles. The unique demons mainly started with Persona 3 and have been a minor feature in the dungeon exploration.
In both Persona 3 and 4, there are golden shadows. These are special enemies noted by their golden appearance. Most of the time, in these games, you cannot tell what a demon is before you fight them. This is seen in the hand-like appearance of overworld enemies in Persona 3, for example.
Sometimes, though, you will come across golden ones that look special. If you encounter these, you will find that they will likely run from you upon sight. You will have to chase them down to initiate combat. In battle, they will also run away here after a few turns.
To make matters worse, the golden shadows are pretty resistant to many attack types, such as physical ones. Finding their weakness or using the correct elemental skills is key to these fights. If you can defeat one of these, you will find that some grand rewards are waiting for you.
You can get valuable items that you can sell for money, side quest items, and even weapons. They also work differently in Persona 4. In this game, they do not run from you. Beating them will give you a chest key and money, too. But in Persona 4 Golden, it changed once more. They will run from the player and offer different rewards.
In Persona 5, the special demons changed to treasure demons. These treasure demons are unique and valuable-looking enemies that you can find in dungeons. They are challenging to defeat or even down, which is the main purpose of fighting them.
They are each a brand new demon in the series, and you can have them join your party. But to do so, you need to down them first. This way, you will be able to negotiate with the enemy and have it join your party. But to down an enemy, you need to land a critical hit or use its weakness.
Unfortunately, in Persona 5, this was very hard to do as almost no treasure demons had any weaknesses. Thankfully, it was changed in Persona 5 Royal, where almost all of them had an easy to exploit flaw. The purpose of gaining a treasure demon is for filling out the Compendium (more on that in a bit) and fusing for other rare demons.
How to Obtain a Demon in the Persona Games
Before you can ever take advantage of having demons in your party, you first need to obtain one. There are a couple of different ways to go about doing this. Some slight changes depend on the game, but it is generally the same.
There are three main methods of collecting demons in the series, but they can even be boiled down further down to two main areas: in battle and outside of battle. There are two ways of getting a demon to join you in battle, while there is one that is used outside of combat.
Collecting in Battle
The first method of collecting a demon in battle is simply by defeating them. In Persona 3 and 4, this is the primary way of collecting a demon in the game. All you need to do here is participate in battles and win the fights. It helps, too, if you have an open slot in your party but this is not necessarily required.
When you defeat a standard enemy in a fight, there is a chance that you will receive a Persona card afterward. This card will allow you to add the Persona to your party right then and there. It is random and luck-based so it is not the most foolproof way.
There is a bit of grind that is associated here as you will need to fight the same enemies over and over to gather them. Thankfully, the chances are pretty good and it does not take that long usually to get the Persona you want.
Oddly enough, Persona 5 is a bit different when it comes to collecting demons in this title. This is because the cards system was eliminated in favor of bringing back the negotiation feature. This feature first started in the Shin Megami Tensei series and is the main way of getting demons there.
Negotiations still have to do with battles but they work differently than simply defeating an enemy. In fact, the negotiations in Persona 5 are even different than the ones found in the SMT series. This is because you do not want to defeat the enemy nor can you just talk to them immediately.
You have to effectively “earn” the right to talk with the enemy and negotiate. To do this, the demon must first be downed in battle. To down an enemy in a fight, there are two ways. The first one is landing a critical hit while the second is using the demon’s weakness.
Almost every demon in the series that you can encounter and negotiate with naturally has a weakness or two. What you need to do is find out that weakness through analysis or prior wins and then take advantage of it. Alternatively, you could land a crit through a high crit chance skill or the like.
Once you do either of these, the enemy will be downed. During this point, you will earn another turn and could do an all-out attack to possibly finish the demon off. However, you also have the option to negotiate and, hopefully, recruit the enemy. You do need to make the right conversation choices to succeed here.
Another major part of the Persona series is fusion. When you are outside of battle, fusion is going to be your go-to for getting new demons. This takes place in all of the games in the Velvet Room. This is the blue velvet location that you will encounter for the first time early in the game’s story.
There, you will be granted access to the fusion systems that are in place. With fusion, you are able to collect new demons that you would not be able to otherwise. The act of fusion is taking two or more existing demons and then fusing them together into one.
Of course, this does mean that you will sacrifice both of them in the process and lose them both. Hopefully, though, the sacrifice will be worth it for the more powerful or new demon that you get. There are some key parts to fusion that are worth noting.
First, you typically cannot fuse two demons together of the same Arcana type. Arcana is essentially the class of Tarot card that the demon falls under. For the most part, you cannot, for example, fuse a Tower demon with another Tower demon and so on.
There are also some Personas that are simply incompatible with one another. That said, most demons should not be a problem. Fusing them together will make a different creature that can be a higher level and possibly more powerful than the sacrificed two.
While you are saying goodbye to these two demons, their power will sometimes live on. Usually, you are able to select a couple of skills from the previous demons to share with the new one. In some games, this is randomly selected for you so you may have to cycle through options.
This will allow you to carry certain skills, both active and passive, to the new creature. This is great for adding a counter to a demon that normally wouldn’t be able to or healing to an offensive-focused one. There is advanced fusion, too, beyond just the standard two demon setup.
There are more special fusions out there that require three, four, or even possibly five demons to create a special one. This is usually a massively powerful demon that might even be a familiar boss enemy. With these special fusions, though, you have to have all specific demons or else it will not work.
Speaking of fusion and collecting demons, there is the Compendium in the Persona games. Think of this like the Pokédex in the Pokemon games and you have the right idea. One goal that some completionists have out there is collecting them all.
This is something that you can absolutely strive for in the Persona games and it is possible to do. It is going to be very hard to accomplish on your first run in the game but you can possibly do it. The Compendium is there in the Velvet Room to help you keep track of all demons you’ve ever had.
It will show the ones you have, sometimes how many you are missing, and the overall percentage. The more that you collect demons in battle and through fusion, the higher the percentage of completion will go. Collecting them all is a sense of accomplishment that few players achieve with the hundreds of demons in some games.
However, there is another neat feature to the Compendium beyond just seeing what Personas you have. The Compendium is also a source for summoning more demons. Every demon that you have ever collected is stored here for you to summon them in the future.
Say, that you have the Pixie early on in the game and then fuse it with something else to make a new demon. While the Pixie is now gone, it remains in the Compendium. With this book, you can summon back that Pixie using some money.
This is great for when you need a specific demon for fusion or a skill that it has. Speaking of skills, you are able to store the exact state of a Persona in the Compendium with its level and skills. This will cost a lot more cash to summon later on but it can be great for situations where you want to pass on a particular ability to a new demon.
Every demon in the Persona series has its own unique stats, skills, and elemental resistances. These elemental affinities are where the weakness and strengths come into play. The entire turn-based combat in the Persona games is centered around the press turn system.
With this system, using the right element against an enemy can result in an extra turn. On the other hand, using the wrong one can spell disaster with the loss of an extra turn. That is why it is important to get to know the weaknesses of every demon in the game.
To go about doing this, the player can either use the analyze skill or item to see the stats of a new enemy. Alternatively, you could just defeat the enemy once and then know more about it the next time you fight it. Examining the demon will let you see what it is weak to and what it is resistant to.
This is not just important for winning fights but collecting them, too, especially in Persona 5. Since you need to down enemies in that game to capture them, you will want to know a demon’s weakness in order to exploit it.
If you do not happen to have a elemental skill that you need, you could always use an attack item. Another reason that you should get to know a Persona’s weaknesses and strengths is because it affects your player character. Your character takes on the strengths and weaknesses of the Persona equipped. If it is weak to fire, so will you when you are in the fight.
The skills that the demons have are vital to winning in fights. Skills are like your magic powers in the Persona series. Many of them are attuned to certain elements or just physical or gun. Having an array of Personas with different elemental skills will allow you to take advantage of enemies’ weaknesses.
Skills are the major part of what makes a demon useful, too. Many of them are attuned to certain elements or playstyles. Besides the usual fire or wind-centric Personas, there are some that are best used for healing powers as well.
There are even some that are great for buffing your team and debuffing the enemy. And those are just the active skills. There are passive ones, too, that can affect the health recovery of your team outside of battle or allow you to counter attacks regularly. Skills are sometimes just as important as the demons themselves.
Full List of All Persona Demons Ever
With all of this talk said and done about demons in the Persona series, there is only one task left to do. We have compiled together the full list of just about all Personas that you could ever collect in the series. From the first game all the way through to Persona 5 Royal most recently, we have compiled a list of all of the Personas.
This is a great cross-reference list for determining what demons are available in the Persona series. It can be helpful to know which ones are actually in the Persona games from the SMT series since not all of them are. Bear in mind that there might be some very light spoilers since you will see the names of each of the demons that you can get.
- Ara Mitama
- Baal Zebul
- Black Frost
- Black Ooze
- Black Rider
- Chi You
- Chu Chulainn
- Crystal Skull
- Cu Chulainn
- Cu Sith
- Emperor’s Amulet
- Hell Biker
- High Pixie
- Hokuto Seikun
- Hope Diamond
- Hua Po
- Jack Frost
- King Frost
- Konohana Sakuya
- Koppa Tengu
- Kurama Tengu
- Kusi Mitama
- Leanan Sidhe
- Mother Harlot
- Nata Taishi
- Neko Shogun
- Nigi Mitama
- Pale Rider
- Pallas Athena
- Pyro Jack
- Queen Mab
- Queen’s Necklace
- Raja Naga
- Red Rider
- Rokuten Maoh
- Saki Mitama
- Seiten Taisei
- Stone of Scone
- Suzuka Gongen
- Takehaya Susano-o
- Takeji Zaiten
- Tam Lin
- White Rider
- Yamato Sumeragi
- Yamato Takeru
Question: What do I do with treasure demons?
Answer: Once you have gone through the entire process of collecting a treasure demon (more on that above and in the next question), what do you do with it? Well, there are a few main purposes for them. But one that you will not find for the treasure demons is using them in battle.
Unfortunately, these treasure demons are not available at all for battle purposes. Because of this, you could even say that they are wasting your precious party space. Instead of fighting, the main use for them is to fuse them into other Persona.
Once you collect a treasure demon, that fills its slot in the Compendium. From there, you can bring it back at will whenever you want. But they should not stay in your party for long. Instead, you should be using them as soon as possible to fuse for powerful demons that you do not already have.
Question: How do you capture a treasure demon?
Answer: As for how you capture a treasure demon in Persona 5, it comes down to one thing: downing it. In order to negotiate with the enemy, you must first down it in battle. Doing this is easier said than done, especially in the base Persona 5 game.
In this game, they typically do not have weaknesses to them. This means that you need a great critical hit to down it. This will be best used in conjunction with skills that have high crit rates. Unfortunately, you cannot waste too much time, either, as the treasure demon may leave after a few turns.
In Persona 5 Royal, the process is much, much easier. Almost every one of the treasure demons has a notable weakness. Exploit that and you are good to go. Just do not bother with physical skills or anything other than that weakness or you will absolutely waste your time.
Question: How do I get every Persona?
Answer: When it comes to obtaining every Persona in the series, this is going to be hard to do. That said, this is the purpose of the Compendium. It is there to record every monster that you have collected and could possibly get in the game.
There are two main ways that you can get a demon and the first is by collecting them in battle. When you enter a new dungeon or area, it is likely that you will find new demons there to collect. Simply battle them to win them over to your side.
If you’re in Persona 3 or 4, defeating them will give you a chance to add them to your party via the cards. If you’re playing Persona 5, though, you need to negotiate with them. This requires downing them in battle and then choosing the right words to win them over to your side.
Also, you need to have room in your party and a high enough level to capture that Persona. The other way of getting demons is through fusion in the Velvet Room. Some are even exclusive to this method so you will need a combination of both collecting and fusing to get every demon in the game.
The Persona series is chock full of many different demons that you can encounter. They are spread throughout the Tarot Arcana with hundreds of them to collect. Each game handles demons slightly differently from how you go about collecting them to even the weaknesses changing sometimes.
There is just so much that exists regarding demons/Personas in the franchise. That is why we have your back with our general Persona gameplay guide. Be sure to read it for more about how Personas work and what you use them for in battle. You’ll be able to learn more about skills that demons use, how to collect them, and what is fusion is all about.